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Whirling Turkey

Trip Length

Trip Code

11 days GETA

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Istanbul Istanbul
Whirling Turkey

Kick off your trip in Istanbul with some Grand Bazaar and Old Town times. Head to Gallipoli then on to Ayvalik for some delicious treats. Next up is ancient Selcuk and Greco-Roman Ephesus, then Pamukkale for healing natural pools, Konya for Whirling Dervishes, and Cappadocia for slightly phallic, lunar-like landscapes. Awkies.


Mother Nature was in a good mood the day she created Love Valley in Cappadocia. Sometimes referred to as ‘Turkey’s Undies’, it consists of a bunch of phallic rock structures sprouting up all over the countryside. You could say there’s a stiff breeze in the air.


Whirling Turkey

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Istanbul

Meals included: 1 breakfast

We've found accommodation right near the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market (so you won't have to lug your treasures very far). Convenient, no?

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3: Gallipoli - Eceabat

Meals included: 1 breakfast

No jokes about Gallipoli. If you choose to take the optional trip to Troy, however, you're free to remember Brad Pitt's terrible accent in the movie and laugh yourself silly.

Day 4: Ayvalik

Meals included: 1 breakfast

We suggest you devote this day to finding the best burek of the trip. Or the best kebab. Or the best baklava. Maybe just devote this day entirely to food. Your local guide can help.

Day 5: Ephesus - Selcuk

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Ephesus is the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world. Antony and Cleopatra lived here for a while, as did the Virgin Mary. These days it would be known as something of a hotspot.

Day 6: Pamukkale

Meals included: 1 breakfast

This place is so pretty Walt Disney would be jealous he didn't invent it. Apparently the thermal waters can cure asthma, but bring your inhaler just in case.

Day 7: Konya

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Konya is home to the famous Whirling Dervishes. Please note that most of the whirling takes place behind closed doors. You won't see people spinning randomly on the street.

Day 8-9: Cappadocia

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Explore Cappadocia, the lunar-like landscape in the interior of the country. Moon boots optional.

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10-11: Cappadocia - Istanbul

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Jess said her favourite part of Istanbul was the Basilica Cistern. After the initial shock of discovering it's not a giant toilet, she described it as "...amazing, creepy, Medusa head, fishy, haunting, lovely". Jess has a way with words.

Day 10

Day 11

Your Trip

What to know

Special Anzac Day departure

The 23 Apr 2014 departure ties in with ANZAC day at Gallipoli and the night of Day 2 will be spent sleeping under the stars in Anzac Cove instead of a hotel in Istanbul.

Nuts and Bolts

Local leader, accommodation and transport.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals




Not Included

International flights, arrival & departure transfers, departure taxes, visas, travel insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary), drinks, optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature, entrance fees.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Entrance fees are not included in the tour cost.

Important Information

Special Anzac Day departure

The 23 April 2014 departure ties in with ANZAC day at Gallipoli and the night of Day 2 will be spent sleeping under the stars in Anzac Cove instead of a hotel in Istanbul. You will be required to bring a sleeping bag for this night. There will be a surcharge for this departure.

Patience is also required for departure from the peninsula as there will be over 10,000 people also waiting to catch their bus, so the process will be slow. We recommend that you check the following Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advice which has detailed information and advice about what to expect:


In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Gecko's Istanbul Office can be reached on: +90 532 641 2822

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

20 May 2014

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